Home School Design Challenge: Gnome House

Home School Design Challenge


Attention home schoolers, classroom teachers or any students who are interested in design! Fallingwater invites you to participate in its annual Design Challenge, an educational program for students who are eight to 13 years old. Whether you live around the corner or around the world, and whether it’s a home school, after-school or class project, students will experience the architectural design process just like real architects. This project may be completed by students independently or collaboratively as a class. It culminates in a Gnome House Symposium on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at Fallingwater, located in Mill Run, Pa.

Students will learn about Fallingwater and the work of Frank Lloyd Wright while they think creatively and use decision-making skills to plan and design houses for their clients over the course of the school year or semester. During the Design Challenge, creativity, math, science, technology and language arts skills overlap during seven hands-on lessons.

The Fallingwater Design Challenge is a great option for homeschoolers, scout troops, school groups and individual students. After an initial on-site workshop (distance learning options available), students or teachers will receive seven design assignments, which will challenge them to work through the steps of the architectural design process as an independent project or with their classroom teacher.

Teachers and/or parents, request more information here.  Questions? Contact Amy Humbert at ahumbert@paconserve.org.